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put a weok is o long!"' he said, ith a tos of his c ixurly head, 1 two, three, ur h, live, six, sevonn- Who-l d , « hy, in six, yoU know, aitd it your 1self--you told me so), .ret God up in heaven resl the ert ;.nd the seas and skies, rees and the birids and the buttertie!d 11 can I vait for my seed to gro .v'!' ,rat ma )onth is so long!" he said, With a droop of his boyish head. l'With ot iolne, tWO, three, foar whole weeks, andit three days more; ty-oe and each will creep ShadowS crawl over yonder steep i vone nitghts, and I shall lie thing the stars climb up the sky can I wait till a month is o'er !'' ',lnt a year is so long!" he said, 1Up1iftiug his bright young head. the seasons must come and go the hills with footsteps slow irna and winter, summer and springy tor a bridge of gold to fling r the chasm, deep and wide, tI might cross to the other side, ere she is waiting-my love,-my bride.! ' ''Ten years may be long,'' he said, Slowly raising his stately head. there's much to win, there is much to tlose; san must labor, a man must choose, 1 he must be strong to wait! years may be long, but who would wear crown of honor, must do and dare! time has he to toy with fate o would climb to manhood"'s high estate.'" "Ah! life is not long!" he said, Bowing his grand white head. etwo, three, four, five, sit, seven! en times ten are seventy. enty years! As swift their flight swallows cleaving the mornuipg light, golden gleams at even. is short as.* summer night- wlong, 0 God! is eternity?" AN IDLE WORD. b inadvertently spoken, and yet how v atly with serius and painful results! I " many hearts has an idle word sev- a how many broken! i true is it that a thoughtless expres vifl make a br'each between those that c is its visitations, could not divide ; r that would have struggled together gh the storms of life, that would have to each other for strength when Its ings had almost overwhelmed them would have braved all the .changes of ating fortunes, and still see in their unchanging love a gleam of brightness gh the blackest cloud. d yet an idle word-one-has separa eants like these. e breach once made, others step in to it wider and wider; false prid, nies 'feelings, the sudden bitternuss the t can feel even towards thlose t loves, iid the work of cruelty-. the distase ases day by day, until, finding ittnpo~ to return, like the wrecked x .riner, give up in despair, and sit down to ra over their fate, careless, it seems, ther they live or die. d this is not the romance of youthful tion, though there is perhaps more suf g from the early disappointments of eart than the more serius ones atterlife luces. , , ; it is witnessed ir.therexpelene.of ev- i one; in the friendship of life, in the ftm ireles, in business ; what inisunderstat.il what ruptures, what bickerlhgs st*ife, irreconcilable differences, have arisen one idle word ! it may have been spol n jest in spirit of levity, in an attetmpt ewitty, or it" may have been said inro ly or inadvertently, with no motive Mdtd itent; and still, for some cause of which are totally ignorant, a certain party ap d the remark, and in a moment a tire ad was kindled. okes are dangerous articles to play with, y are a sort of mouth-grenades that are to explode before you are aware of it, joker should understand their nature, the nature of his company well, before introduces them. le may suppose they will recommend I to ftavor, but he is frequently mistaken. he main who labors to be witty loses his atl, and is considered to have rather a ak mind. 'ever was there a truer'sentence written, I one which, view it in every way, must ult in the same conclusion that " A silent gue showeth a wise head." A FRENCHMAN ON THE AMERICAN of GIRL. cr We extract the following characterization ti of our young countrywomen from a fashion able French paper. \Wc reproduce the bro- w ken and jerky style of the original: Brist- II ling with chic. Wildly independent but still e; a very modest girl. She adores pleasure, A dress, and spending money; morally, she tb displays herself a nu, such as she is, so that no one need be deceived; knows that she is a desirable and likes to make herself desired v without y.ieldinglierself up. Flirts during 1i a whole winter with this one or that one, and diisiessr him ,'i the spring. At one, n chooses aiiother, kler means of seduction are a capilitwhich never lies idle. She goes 1 out alone, travels alone.; and when it suits her better she goes out or travels with a male friend; mmliimited confidence and ~: parently ednjungal iifimnaey. The chosen one ~aiy dlseribe ,"i. feelings, talk of4~lv from moi'nihg unti lglit, tut he has not the permission to kiss even the finger tips. Moves about and amuses herself as much as possible before marraige; afterwards she will have a child every year, will pass her days alone and her nights in listening to talk, about machines, inexplosible petroleum,. purified manures, etc., etc. Will then allow , her daughters to enjoy the liberty of which she has herselt taken advantage without abusing it. Since nothing serious happened to herself, why should Fanny, Mary and Jenny be less strong or less clever? More over, obligatory marraige is there to repair all mishaps in case ot need. It is the secur ity of fhmilies, a sort of mputual assurance saeiainst fire. She creates the French fash ions. The Parisiennes detest her, the pro vmncial ladies despise her; men of all nations are mad about her, but do not allow them selves to marry hei unlless she is colossally rich. Her hair is vermeille, of a tint paler than that of golden hair; bold and frank J blue eyes; a figure patented, imitation of 1 which is forbidden. In a carraige she poses 5 as if she were in a hammock in a natural and unconsciously voluptuous manner., Bus ies herself much about herself and not so. much about others. A wild plant in the conservatory; finds herself cramped in Eu rope and pushes her branches through the glass, regardless of the frail plants which vegetate around her. If she were better un derstood and less criticised, she would be quoted at her true value." THE PATH OF HAPPINESS. William Wirt's to his daughter on the " small sweet courtesies of life " contains a passage from which a great deal of happi ness may be learned. " The way to make yourself pleasing to others is wo show them attention. The whole world is like the Miller of Mansfield, ' who cared for niobody-no, not he, because no body cared for him.' And the whole world would serve you so, if you gave them the same caus(e. Let every one therefore, see that you care for them, by showing what Sterne so happily calls the small courtesies, in which there is no parade, whose voice is 1 too still to tease, and which manifest them - selves by tender and affectionate looks, and ,f little acts of attention, giving others the e preference in every little enjoyment at the table, in the field, walking, sitting, or stand ing."a d ..-. A RBEIABLE MAN WANTED. "A reliable man wanted to take charge of a farm"--'-A reliable mah wanted in a counting-house"--"A reliable man wanted to superiutend a mill "-"'A reliable man wanted as teller in a bank "-so the. adver tisements read. What a demand there is for reliable men? Young women, want them for, husbands ; fathers and mothers want them for sons-in-law. People in trouble in-. quire anxiously for a reliable lawyer whom they can consult; the sick want a reliable physician; the churches want a reliable man foi a' pni1sttr, although they do not adver tise their want in a newspaper. There seetms to be no end to the demands for reliable men. Are reliible men so scarce that so much point is made of getting them. We apprehend they are not as plenty as they should-be. Reliable architects and con traotoFsand engineers are not to be found in every place, or .there would not be so many railway and bridge accidents ; cashiers and other officers are not always reliable,. t or there would be no defalcations. The same mny be said of trustees and insurarce officers. In truth, reliable men do not hi= crowd one another in any class or occupa- we tion. pa Young man: it is for you to determine th, whether you will be a reliable man or not. th It all ,depends upon yourself. Nothing is so easier; only resolve that you will be A REII- it ABLE MAN-, and stick to it through every it. temptation. , fo There has been criticism on the word reli- h( able, as not being good English. But the ci word will answer very well, if we can only have the quality which it describes. ----c -~- RUNG A COLD DECK ON HIM. S * He is a prominent newspaper mant, and d parts his hair in the middle. The part is b over five inches wide, which gives him an tl innocent cast of countenance. To those F who knew him not he might be considered verdant in appearance. He was riding in a sleeper, on the Central Pacific railroad, and fell into an innocent little game of pedro, with a Colonel, Professor and a Doctor. During an animated conversation and a quiet deal, three aces were thrown on his r side of the table, after which one of the three gaily remarked, with the greatest coolness, "I wish that we were playing po ker. I don't know that I have been favored with such a ha.,d for years." Our editorial t friend saw the game, looked up innocently d and remarked: " I have been favored also. I have a pret ,ty good poker hand myself." The three looked at each other as he con tinued thusly : " They call you Professor ?" r " Yes." a " You are from the East, I believe ?" t "Yes ?" "Well, gentlemen," he continued, rising, f "you had better take the next train back. We meet it just the other side of Battle Mountain. You can't make a cent at this. They have been teaching it in the Sunday schools in California for years." SCANDAL. It was the saying of an old acquaintance of ours, when his attention was called to anything that had a srticking of scandal in it, "I have so much 'to do that I caumot. hear it. One-half of my time is taken up with letting alone that of my neighbors." How many excellent opportunities of letting alone other people's business are slighted, and the world is troubled with the interfer ence of people with what does not concern them. Neighborhoods are driven crazy by the reports of idle or mischievous people,' '\Who watch for occasions of scandal and lose no opportunity of making it public, regard less ot its truth, or of the injury that it in flicts upon the feelings of others. Gossip passes for facts, and surmise for history; and the nimble lie runs many a league while the truth is putting on its boots.-Ez. TURNING THE TABLES ON HIX. Scribe, the dramatist, met his match in a nobleman .ambitious of gaining a literary c reputation by proxy, from whom he receiv- a ed the following curious epistle: "Sir, d have the honor to propose to you to associ- b ate yourself with me in the composition of a t drama. Your name will figure by the side t of mine ; you alone composing the play, and d I alone defraying all the expenses of the first representation. You shall have all the C profits, for I work only for glory." Scribe = replied: "Sir, I have never been accus tomed to harness together in my carriage a horse and an ass; I am therefore unable to accept your very kind oflfr." The noble man closed the correspondence with: ," Monsieur Scribe, I received yvur note of refusal to unite our literary labors. Yon are liberty not to understand your own in terest, but not to allow yourself to call me a horse."-Chamber's Journal. HOME, WIFE, AND SATURDAY NIGHT.: Happy is the man who has a little home and a little angel in it of a Saturday night Sa house, no matter how little, provided it e will hold two or so; no matter how humbly furnished, provide(d there is hope in it. Let s the winds blow-close the curtains. What i- t' they are plain calico, without border, tas g sel, or any such thing. Let the rain come o down-heap up the lire. No matter if you s haven't a candle to bless yourselt with, for ,. what a beautiful light glowing coal makes! e shedding a suiiset through the room-just e light enough to talk by; not loud z in the mlgnways, Ilo raUptu, ta lu nW usarJuay world, but softly, slowly, whispering, with pauses between, for the storm without and the thoughts within to fill up. Then wheel the sofa around by the fire; no matter if the sofa is a settee, uncushioned at that, it so be it is just light enough for two and a half in it. How sweetly the music of silver bells for the time to come falls upon the listening heart then! How mournfully swell the chimes of "the days that are no moreY' Pious old Boston gentleman observes 'boys playing marbles on the Common one Sunday. "Boys," he says, sternly, "boys, do you know what day it is?" One of the boys yelled out, " Here, Bill, can you tell this man what day it is ?-he don't know '' End of the missionary enterprise. --------- - - A LADY living near Baltimore, who is very deaf, stopped a milkman, as he was passing the house the other lday, and asked nim how much lie charged for a quart of milk, and then had her ear-trumpet to catch the reply. He drew a quart of milk and emptied it into the trumpet, and the result has been that he has to go three miles out t of his way to keep out of sight of the lady's son, who sits on the porch with a shotgun l1 waiting for him to pass. AN old bachelor was rather taken aback a day or two since as follows: Picking up a book, he exclaimed, upon seeing a woodcut representing a man kneeling at the foot of a woman, " Before I would ever kneel to a woman I would encircle my seek with a rope and stretch it." And then, turning to a young woman, he enquired, " Do you not think it would be the best thing I could do ?" " It would undoubtedly be the best for the woman," was the sarcastic reply. Several years ago a number of American women who had become interested in the question sent to Worth, the celebrated Pari sian modiste, askting him; "What costume can be devised that will be perfectly healthy and at the same time beautiful ?" He replied: "[ I have to make the same answer to youl that I have made to the women of Europe. The costume of the Persian women is the handsomest upon the tace of the earth. It consists of a loose waist, short skirt, and trousers not too loose. I have made this costume beautifully and hung it up in Paris, but the women will not wear it. I can do' nothing more, They must suffer until they 1 are willing to adopt it." "Did I love any other girl ?" repeated a prospective bridegroom, in answer to the tearful query of lis intended- '" Why, dar ling, of course not; how could you ask such, a question? You are my first my only love ! This heart knew no waking until the sun shine of your Jove streamed in, and woke it to ecstasy?," . And then he kissed her tenderly and went homey and said to him self; " I must hurry them things out of the, way right off, or there'll be a row; " and he collected a great pile of letters, written Pn all kinds of feminine hands, with lbts of fa. ded flowers, and photographs, and locks of, hair, and bits of faded. ribbon, and other things; and, then the whole collection had been crammed into the kitchen, grate, he, drew a deep sigh, and said to himselt: " There goes all that is left of fourteen un dying loves-let'em flicker. GOLDEN SIEAVES. Surd you'l resp a golddn harvest, If in.Faith you 8so the grain. -When all else i: lost, the ftiture reiriaid. -No general ever blundered into a great victory. -"He happened to succeed" is a foolish: unmeaning phrase. --Haing searched into all kinds of science we discover the folly of neglecting those' things which concern human life and involv lug ourselves in ditficulties about questions' that are but mere notions.. We should cone tine ourselves to nature and reason. -There is no worldly gain without some loss, so there is no wp.rldly loss without some gain, If ithou hast lost thy wealthl t thou hast lost some trouble with It; if thp" - art degraded from honor, thou art Ilk7' L freed' from the stroke of envy; it Srhas blurred thy beauty, it liath r thee from pride. Set the allow ilhe loss, and thou shalt find no t he loses little or nothing that e self.